“You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” – 1 Peter 3:7
Bear with me as I reminisce from years past. It had been a fun day of vacation. I got up early and jogged on the beach, joined some friends for a round of golf, had time for a couple of sets of tennis and finished off the day with a refreshing swim in the ocean. After showering and dressing for dinner, I happily exclaimed to my wife, “Man, it’s been a great day!” But the look she gave me was not filled with love. You see, our boys were young – one still in diapers. In classic “airhead husband style,” I had been oblivious to the fact that she had been running around all day, chasing them tending to their needs, with no opportunity to rest and enjoy the day. Basically, I had ignored the needs of my wife.
God’s Word says, “Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way.” We don’t naturally understand our wives needs when we are wrapped up in our own little world. Understanding means love, unselfishness, compassionate listening without giving advice, partnering in parenting, and much, much more.
Men, ask God to help you be what you just can’t be on your own – understanding of your wife.